Denim on Denim

*Items in this post were gifted to me from Avenue. The theme and items were selected by me. All opinions are 100% my own.

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The denim on denim outfit has always been a little bit intimidating to me for some reason.  And when Avenue came out with several new denim tops and skirts, I thought it was time I delved into this trend because they were so inviting.  So today I am going to show you a more dressed up version that is perfect for going to the office or workplace, attending a meeting, or as a dressed up weekend look.

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So, what exactly is denim on denim?  The way I see it, it can be any top and bottom made of a denim, chambray, or denim looking fabric paired together.  The most effective way I have seen this style done is when the two denim pieces are of a slightly different wash so they do not blend together, looking like a denim suit.  When I posted a snapshot of the top and skirt I got on Instagram I asked if anyone else does denim on denim.  I got several readers give me some great tips for how they style their denim outfits.  One said she likes to wear a pop of white.  I love this idea, especially for the summer months.  Another suggested pairing it with colorful accessories.  For todays look, I chose this option by tying a printed scarf to my handbag.

When it came to selecting my denim pieces from Avenue, I first was drawn to the Knit Denim Panel Skirt.  It has a dark navy wash that I knew would go great with a lighter colored top.  What I especially was fond over when I was looking at this pieces was that it was made of rayon, polyester, and spandex which equals to me a stretchy skirt with lots of flowiness.  And with the paneled design, it sure does flow.  I also enjoyed that the elastic waistband is covered, so the waistline is seamless when a shirt is tucked into it, like I did in todays outfit.  It is honestly the most comfortable skirt I own currently and I almost feel like I am cheating by wearing lounge clothes that looks fancy.  This is a total yes for ease and comfort for all day wear!

Next, I knew I needed a denim top that would compliment my dark full skirt, so I decided on the Denim Hi Lo Tunic.  It has a lovely medium wash to it and knew it would look great tucked into my skirt as well as untucked with my white denim for another outfit later on.  I already own a light wash chambray shirt, so I was curious to see how it would differ.  When I received it, I could tell right away that this woven shirt was different.  It is very soft to the touch and I missed the fact that it had a hidden button panel when I first ordered it.  Both of these details makes this a more upscale version of my more casual one I have that is much stiffer.  I did have a few issues with gaping at the bust even though it fit so I used a safety pin to close one of the openings between buttons.  I also liked that it laid very smooth underneath the knit skirt.  Although you cannot see the hemline in this look, it does have a hi low which is perfect for wearing with skinny jeans.  I hope to have a post up soon with this to show you how it looks.

I have to also mention this new handbag that I got because it is amazing!  Camel colored bags are my jam and I have been wearing the same satchel for over a year that does not always go with more chic looking outfits like this.  So when I saw the Chain Link Dome Satchel in Tan, I knew it was the one for me.  The textured faux leather bag is the perfect size for me with its wide base that can hold my big wallet and large glasses case without looking bulky.  I have also found that bags with both short handles and a long strap works well for me.  The long strap is adjustable as well as removable, which is great for versatility.  I think the look is super sophisticated without being overly fussy.

Do you do denim on denim?  If so, what do you pair with it?  If not, what makes you not want to do it?

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Today’s Postivity Note

Yes, I am happy. No, my life isn’t perfect.

 Be Blessed!


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  1. I love that denim skirt and I can see that’s going to be on my next order from Avenue! I usually pair denim with anything BUT denim, but I can see from your post that exceptions can be made! I really like the contrast of the two shades of blue. My favorite colors to wear with denim are either white, for the brightness against the navy, or red. I also love prints, that might have some shade of blue in them. All in all, I love denim!

    1. Ahhh, I love this skirt! And I was the same way until I saw these two pieces together. It goes to show how breaking my own rules can go so right.

  2. I love this look, Janeane and I’m going to be doing a Denim series beginning the first Tuesday of August. Denim is my go to for just about every day. And I wondered over the combination of denim with denim, so I will be addressing that too. But, like you said, as long as the denim isn’t too matchy I think it care pair beautifully together. I love that your skirt is made of fabric that is more stretchy and flowy, yet looks just like regular denim. Some denim can be so stiff and unyielding, so it is nice to know there are more forgiving options available. Thanks for posting your ideas. – Amy

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